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English definition of “backwards”

backwards

adverb
 
 
/ˈbækwədz/ (also backward)
DIRECTION B1 towards the direction behind you: She took a couple of steps backwards. He fell backwards off the stool.Backwards, sideways and back and forth
EARLIER towards an earlier time or an earlier stage of development: Let's start with your most recent job and work backwards.Early
OPPOSITE ORDER in the opposite order to what is usual: "Erehwon" is "nowhere" spelled backwards.Backwards, sideways and back and forth
WRONG WAY (also back to front, also US front to back) with the part that is usually at the front at the back: Your T-shirt's on backwards.Direction of motionPoints of the compass
backwards and forwards (also back and forth) in one direction then the opposite way and back again many times: I have to drive backwards and forwards between here and Ipswich every day.Backwards, sideways and back and forth
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